‘Route 66’ in Albuquerque sees fight over rapid transit

This photo taken Feb. 4, 2016, shows a Rapid Ride bus traveling eastbound along Central Avenue near Jefferson Street in Albuquerque, N.M. (Roberto Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – An Albuquerque proposal to build a system of express buses and canopy-covered stations along its historic Route 66 is drawing opposition from shop owners.

The Albuquerque Journal reports some business owners fear the $119 million project could cost them customers and, eventually, their livelihoods.

Nob Hill Music owner Steve Schroeder says the plan risks destroying the historic pathway’s charm.

But Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says the project is an investment that will spur development along the corridor and get people on the bus. He says the buses will mimic light rail in a popular area.

The Obama Administration is set to decide soon on Albuquerque’s $69 million project application.

Route 66 began in 1926 after the nation launched the first federal highway system.

 

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